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  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.

Anaphalis margaritacea, Pearly Everlasting

Anaphalis margaritacea

Pearly Everlasting

  • Slightly to very dry soils
  • Full Sun to light shade
  • 24” tall, 12” to 18” wide, spreading to form a patch
  • Early summer blooms followed by eye catching seed heads well into the fall
  • Ontario Native, Thrives in dry to very dry, rocky or sandy sites. Adapts well to hot, sunny gardens 

Small, pearly white, round blooms appear in mid summer, with visually fairly similar, but functionally distinct, male and female blooms being held separately, most often on separate plants. Those flowers mature into seed heads that stand well into the fall. Flowers and seed heads (after the tiny, fluffy seeds have dispersed) dry easily and can be added to dry flower arrangements and wreaths. 

As a, seemingly preferred, host species for American Lady caterpillars, it isn’t uncommon to find evenly newly introduced plants with their leaves bunched together by some gauzy silk as they are consumed by a hungry creature with awesomely spiky defensive hairs, that will eventually transform onto a butterfly with fascinatingly detailed wing patterning.

They grow to between 1’ and 2’ in height, with a similar spread and thrive in hot dry settings where the difficult conditions keep competition from other species to a minimum.

These would share space reasonably well with other heat and sun loving species like Heath Aster, Nodding Onion, Orange Butterfly Weed, Prairie Smoke, Black-Eyed-Susan and Little Bluestem, among others.

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality